The death of abortion practitioner George Tiller has been a very hot topic over the past few days. Tiller was killed in church by an already apprehended suspect. Tiller’s family released a statement saying that it was an abomination that Mr. Tiller was killed in a house of worship and that he was a man dedicated to the rights of women everywhere. The killing has been reminiscent of the abortion clinic bombings in Alabama several years ago, and Mr. Tiller is the eighth abortion clinic employee and fourth doctor killed in the obviously hostile abortion debate.
I find this entire situation reprehensible on a number of levels. For starters, I find it terribly hypocritical that while Mr. Tiller was a champion of women’s rights and viewed himself as being part of the solution, Mr. Tiller was most ostensibly a part of a huge problem. The holocaust of abortion has far outpaced the holocaust of WW II, and all signs are that this holocaust will not be ended by any storming of concentration camps by allied troops. Instead, this bloody stream of death and murder will continue unabated due to new legislation passed by Barack Obama, such as the Freedom of Choice Act, as well as various other actions taken by the newly minted liberal government. While Mr. Tiller was so very protective of the rights of women (some of whom, arguably, were in the situation because of their own selfishness and lack of accountability), he was doing so at the expense of unborn infants, who, scientifically, are just as human as we are.
The unborn infant is not an organ, like a liver or a pancreas. Rather, it has it’s own DNA, its own metabolism, its own ability to reproduce cells. While it is dependent on the nutrition and behavior of the mother, in essence, no child alive can lay claim to any different state. Whether the child must be properly nursed inside the mother’s womb or outside the womb, it is still entirely dependent on the mother for survival. Therefore, it can’t stand to reason that the unborn fetus is philosophically or scientifically different from the born infant. Because of this conviction, I find abortion to be one of the most reprehensible acts a person can commit. Abortion is the murder of, quite simply put, the least capable of our society to defend themselves. As a civilized nation, it should be a moral duty of our country to protect those who are least able to protect themselves. Therefore, I find abortion to simply be deplorable and horrible an a scale incomparable to any crime commited.
With all these things said, I believe that the acts that Mr. Tiller commited as an abortion practitioner were heinous and despicable. Anyone who can sleep at night after a hard day of murdering innocent children is beyond my comprehension. I have to wonder how one can sit in a house of God and be okay with knowing that they are ceasing permanently the existence of someone who could potentially be part of the solution. That being said, however, I believe that it was wrong to the worst extent possible to repay his acts with a grisly shooting in the middle of a house of worship.
I agree entirely that, due to his sin, Mr. Tiller was worthy of death. Also, I agree that I am worthy of the penalty of death, as is the shooter who killed Mr. Tiller. You see, there is no problem with the idea that George Tiller commited abominations before the Lord. The murder of the least capable of defending themselves is an odor before God, a sin that cannot and should not be tolerated by the body of Christ. My feelings toward the entire situation can best be summed up by the following Bible passage:
Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more,” (John 8:2-11, ESV).
The woman’s sin was a sin worthy of death in the Hebrew culture. Mr. Tiller’s sin, though not deemed worthy of death by our culture, is nonetheless the equivalent of sinfulness in the eyes of God. The problem is that none of us meet the requirements necessary to be ruled worthy of being George Tiller’s executioner. Was he a murderer? Without a doubt. Was he helping to perpetuate a mass murder of ridiculous proportions? Certainly. George Tiller was one of many hands dirtied by the blood of our nation’s innocent babes, the unborn souls who have never had the opportunity even to breathe the fresh air outside the womb. For this, he was worthy of death. However, consider also the words of Jesus:
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire, (Matthew 5:21-22).
Even those who have even reached the point of being angry at others are just as guilty of murder as someone who kills someone in cold blood. In this truth is both the judgment and the relief of the gospel. The judgment is that this standard is impossibly high for us to keep. One is not capable of being this perfect. The relief is that we don’t have to, because the finished work is on the shoulders of Jesus Christ. Therefore, let no men be judge and jury, for that is the job of Christ Jesus alone. It is the message Jesus gave to us both in the Sermon on the Mount and in the passage in John. It is a hallmark of Jesus’ message that our sins have made us worthy of death, but that judgment belongs to the One who stands without sin, which is Christ the Lord alone. Therefore, while Mr. Tiller’s works and deeds were an abomination worthy of death before the Lord, his killer likewise will answer to the Holy One of Israel.
It is my prayer for America that rather than debating the two sides of this issue, we would instead figure out a way to end the holocaust of abortion so that the blood of those who ARE truly innocent on our society are given a chance to be born and develop, possibly to change the world for the better. For Mr. Tiller’s family, I offer my condolences that they lost a husband and a father. To the would-be parents who enlisted the services of George Tiller to end their pregnancies, I pray for them to receive the mercy and love of God, to repent from their sins, and perhaps reconcile themselves to God with the realization that they will again see their lost little ones on the other side of the Eastern Gate. For Mr. Tiller, I pray that his transition to the afterlife came with a reconciliation to the Lord his God, and that he is now experiencing the joy divine of living out eternity in the presence of both our Loving Father and those whom he took their lives. There is no more expression of God’s love and reconciliation than that all wrongs will be righted and that all men who bow the knee to the Lord our God will experience reunion even with those that they potentially harmed.